TODAY AT DEL MAR
By Richard Eng
Post Time 2 p.m.
Race 1 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $34,000, Purse $34,000, Starter allowance $40,000, 3-year-olds and up
Warren’s Jack V. – Among 4 horses that just won their maiden claiming diploma; like his sprint speed on the stretch out.
General Dan – Tepid chalk in a wide open affair; his 9-for-11 finishing in the money shows good levl of consistency.
Long Shot – Lord in Command
Race 2 – 1 mile, Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
Major Smoke – Rafael Becerra takes the blinkers off; the main thing is he’s keeping Rafael Bejarano on board.
Gobbler’s Knob – A bit long in the tooth with 15 career starts; this is likely the slowest field he’s ever faced.
Long Shot – Hy Temp
Race 3 – 6 furlongs, Purse $33,000, Claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds
Carson’s Copper – Speed and the rail for this NoCal shipper; Peter Miller has an uncoupled entry so beware.
Superfecta – Tactical speed to sit a perfect trip if a speed duel ensues; won last time despite traffic problems.
Long Shot – Tribal Mischief
Race 4 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $46,000, Claiming $40,000, 3-year-olds
Yankee Visionary – Showed why he’s been first in 3-of-5 starts, despite the DQ; like his tenacity in the lane.
Fantasy Free – His last sprint try may have sharpened him up for this 2-turn route; will sit a trip and grind late.
Long Shot – Skyspy
Race 5 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up
One Track Mind – Small class drop may be enough to overpower these; showed no heart in last losing at 1/5 odds.
Excessive Dreamer – Rebounded nicely in last after a miserable try two back; John Sadler likes using Joel Rosario.
Long Shot – Peeka Buddha
Race 6 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $23,000, Claiming $16,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Kentucky Waltz – Ran a winning race for this class in last, now gets claimed by Jeff Mullins; expect improvement.
Cherie’s Dream – Got up in the final stride last time; she has a lot of back class where a repeat race is doable.
Long Shot – Steppin Out Rose
Race 7 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $64,000, Optional claiming $62,500, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Cry and Catch Me – Bob Baffert is overdue to win a race at Del Mar; this is one of the best horses in his barn.
Silent Kitten – Draw a line thru the turf experiment and you see an improving filly; synthetic is her thing.
Long Shot – Look Deep
Race 8 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up
Stag On the Run – Jeff Mullins wheels him back in 5-days; he must be desperate to get this moneyburner a win.
I’m Bulletproof – Been away 9-months, but has back class to compete; you also get your money’s worth with Rosario.
Long Shot – Squire Trelawny
Best Bet – Major Smoke (race 2)
Del Mar Wednesday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/1/$7.20; Long Shots, 8/4/$48.80; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Del Mar Totals – 212/46/$377.00; Long Shots, 109/14/$160.40; Best Bets, 13/4/$19.20